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this was great, marti, and I love the rhymes. the last 4 lines are great. words to live by. thanks.

Thanks Abigail.  I'm so glad you read and liked my submission to the three words per sentence.  I forgot that the assignment was for a 10 year period and just kept going.  It seems like one period to me.  I like the last four lines too.  It's good to remember.  Thanks again.  Marti 

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It's amazing how easily we seem to pack so many years into so few lines.  Yet it seems so complete. 

Hi  Thank you for reading my submission.  I'm glad it seemed complete to you.  I never know.  The words come so fast; they just pour out and I usually take the time to edit but this time I just let it go.  Thanks again.  Marti


 

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I was married. 


It was 1968. 


 


Still in college.


On Christmas break.


 


Life not lived.


Much too young.


20 years old


Still having fun.


 


Draft number called


I was afraid.


Feared being alone.


Decisions were made.


 


Husband joined Navy.


Was Viet Nam.


Left on ship.


I was calm.


 


See married wife


Got to go


along to base.


Away from home.


 


I learned later


didn't fear alone


So got married


didn't go home.


 


The marriage lasted


by most standards


It made it


Stuck by words.


 


 


Made it through


Bad as home


Finally decided that


Rather be alone.


 


Twenty eight years


Wife, Mother, Slave,


Lived in secret


Had to behave.


 


Best I could


To raise kids


Protecting them cost


Downward I slid.


 


I'm doing better


Kids are too


Never be perfect


Not trying to.

 


this was great, marti, and I love the rhymes. the last 4 lines are great. words to live by. thanks.

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I was married. 


It was 1968. 


 


Still in college.


On Christmas break.


 


Life not lived.


Much too young.


20 years old


Still having fun.


 


Draft number called


I was afraid.


Feared being alone.


Decisions were made.


 


Husband joined Navy.


Was Viet Nam.


Left on ship.


I was calm.


 


See married wife


Got to go


along to base.


Away from home.


 


I learned later


didn't fear alone


So got married


didn't go home.


 


The marriage lasted


by most standards


It made it


Stuck by words.


 


 


Made it through


Bad as home


Finally decided that


Rather be alone.


 


Twenty eight years


Wife, Mother, Slave,


Lived in secret


Had to behave.


 


Best I could


To raise kids


Protecting them cost


Downward I slid.


 


I'm doing better


Kids are too


Never be perfect


Not trying to.

It's amazing how easily we seem to pack so many years into so few lines.  Yet it seems so complete. 

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I was married. 


It was 1968. 


 


Still in college.


On Christmas break.


 


Life not lived.


Much too young.


20 years old


Still having fun.


 


Draft number called


I was afraid.


Feared being alone.


Decisions were made.


 


Husband joined Navy.


Was Viet Nam.


Left on ship.


I was calm.


 


See married wife


Got to go


along to base.


Away from home.


 


I learned later


didn't fear alone


So got married


didn't go home.


 


The marriage lasted


by most standards


It made it


Stuck by words.


 


 


Made it through


Bad as home


Finally decided that


Rather be alone.


 


Twenty eight years


Wife, Mother, Slave,


Lived in secret


Had to behave.


 


Best I could


To raise kids


Protecting them cost


Downward I slid.


 


I'm doing better


Kids are too


Never be perfect


Not trying to.

  Marti,


Your submission moved me.  I married young also; but, I didn't have children and in the seventh year a divorce occurred.  I think I married so young because I was hungry for affection.  My parents were the son and daughter of Swiss immigrants.  Rarely was affection shown or compliments given.  My former husband acquired diabetes when he was a senior in high school; his father died of a heart attack when Gene was a junior.  The diabetes was difficult for him to deal with.  People can make ugly comments.  I was in college and working part time.  He worked full time.  He didn't like my stories of friends at school and didn't wish to socialize with most of them.  I loved to ride motorcycles; I loved to travel but not so much on a motorcycle.  One year we left Wisconsin on a motorcycle in June.  In 10 days we went from Madison to Sturgis, South Dakota, down through Colorado and Wyoming, dipped into northern New Mexico, went to Muncie, Indiana and back to Madison.  Seven out of those ten days it rained, snowed, or sleeted.  We were camping!  I remember going to highway rest stops and using the hand dryers to warm my feet and hands and dry my socks.  I tied a large garbage bag on myself to keep the moisture off.  That was my final long motor cycle trip.

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I was married. 


It was 1968. 


 


Still in college.


On Christmas break.


 


Life not lived.


Much too young.


20 years old


Still having fun.


 


Draft number called


I was afraid.


Feared being alone.


Decisions were made.


 


Husband joined Navy.


Was Viet Nam.


Left on ship.


I was calm.


 


See married wife


Got to go


along to base.


Away from home.


 


I learned later


didn't fear alone


So got married


didn't go home.


 


The marriage lasted


by most standards


It made it


Stuck by words.


 


 


Made it through


Bad as home


Finally decided that


Rather be alone.


 


Twenty eight years


Wife, Mother, Slave,


Lived in secret


Had to behave.


 


Best I could


To raise kids


Protecting them cost


Downward I slid.


 


I'm doing better


Kids are too


Never be perfect


Not trying to.

 
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I was married. 


It was 1968. 


 


Still in college.


On Christmas break.


 


Life not lived.


Much too young.


20 years old


Still having fun.


 


Draft number called


I was afraid.


Feared being alone.


Decisions were made.


 


Husband joined Navy.


Was Viet Nam.


Left on ship.


I was calm.


 


See married wife


Got to go


along to base.


Away from home.


 


I learned later


didn't fear alone


So got married


didn't go home.


 


The marriage lasted


by most standards


It made it


Stuck by words.


 


 


Made it through


Bad as home


Finally decided that


Rather be alone.


 


Twenty eight years


Wife, Mother, Slave,


Lived in secret


Had to behave.


 


Best I could


To raise kids


Protecting them cost


Downward I slid.


 


I'm doing better


Kids are too


Never be perfect


Not trying to.

  It was an interesting picture you painted for me with your words.  Thank you for sharing them with me.


OLM

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 Hello,  Thank you for sharing and it is thought provoking too.  When Abigail said three words sentences I thought I might have to skip this assignment.  But with the honesty she tells us we need to have to write, you get the words coming and the timing takes hold and its done.  Seems we all mastered this assignment.  I love the group - but love all my new friends as much.  Your Friend with love and hugs....RaeDI

 Thank you so much for reading my submission.  I'm glad you liked it.  It was fun.


Nice to hear from you my friend.  Marti 

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Wonderful, very expressive.  28 years in 44 sentenses.  Talk about a life capsule, you made it look easy and I know it wasn't. 


Nikki

  Hi Nikki,  I'm glad you liked it.  Forgot it was supposed to be just over 10 years.  Actually it was easy.  The words just came as I typed and there they were.  Guess it was just on my mind.  Thanks new friend.  How nice it is to make new friends.  I don't think it was anywhere near as good as yours.  You really did the assignment and it came out great.


Marti

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I was married. 


It was 1968. 


 


Still in college.


On Christmas break.


 


Life not lived.


Much too young.


20 years old


Still having fun.


 


Draft number called


I was afraid.


Feared being alone.


Decisions were made.


 


Husband joined Navy.


Was Viet Nam.


Left on ship.


I was calm.


 


See married wife


Got to go


along to base.


Away from home.


 


I learned later


didn't fear alone


So got married


didn't go home.


 


The marriage lasted


by most standards


It made it


Stuck by words.


 


 


Made it through


Bad as home


Finally decided that


Rather be alone.


 


Twenty eight years


Wife, Mother, Slave,


Lived in secret


Had to behave.


 


Best I could


To raise kids


Protecting them cost


Downward I slid.


 


I'm doing better


Kids are too


Never be perfect


Not trying to.

  Marti,


Wonderful, very expressive.  28 years in 44 sentenses.  Talk about a life capsule, you made it look easy and I know it wasn't. 


Nikki

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